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The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in yer face while it picks yer pocket: and the glorious uncertainty of it is of more use to the professors than the justice of it.

Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns.
A jury too often has at least one member more ready to hang the panel than to hang the traitor.
It is unfair to believe everything we hear about lawyers, some of it might not be true.
He is no lawyer who cannot take two sides.
Lawyers I suppose were children once.
Laws are felt only when the individual comes into conflict with them.
The court is like a palace of marble; it's composed of people very hard and very polished.
Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.
I think we may class the lawyer in the natural history of monsters.
The only road to the highest stations in this country is that of the law.
I would be loath to speak ill of any person who I do not know deserves it, but I am afraid he is an attorney.
Lawyers know life practically. A bookish man should always have them to converse with.
Laws teach us to know when we commit injury and when we suffer it.
Certainly one of the highest duties of the citizen is a scrupulous obedience to the laws of the nation. But it is not the highest duty.
Young lawyers attend the courts, not because they have business there, but because they have no business.
We should have learnt by now that laws and court decisions can only point the way. They can establish criteria of right and wrong. And they can provide a basis for rooting out the evils of bigotry and racism. But they cannot wipe away centuries of oppression and injustice -- however much we might desire it.
The United States is the greatest law factory the world has ever known.
Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.
The law is only one of several imperfect and more or less external ways of defending what is better in life against what is worse. By itself, the law can never create anything better. Establishing respect for the law does not automatically ensure a better life for that, after all, is a job for people and not for laws and institutions.
Christianity is part of the Common Law of England.
The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.
No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time.
We eagerly get hold of a law that serves as a weapon to our passions.
Good laws make it easier to do right and harder to do wrong.
A fox may steal your hens, Sir, a whore your health and pence, Sir, your daughter rob your chest, Sir, your wife may steal your rest, Sir, a thief your goods and plate. But this is all but picking, with rest, pence, chest and chicken; it ever was decreed, Sir, if lawyer's hand is feed, Sir, he steals your whole estate.
Our human laws are more or less imperfect copies of the external laws as we see them.
A successful lawsuit is the one worn by a policeman.
Where the law ends tyranny begins.
Here lies one believe it if you can, who thought an attorney, was a honest man.
Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.
When one wanted one's interests looking after whatever the cost, it was not so well for a lawyer to be over honest, else he might not be up to other people's tricks.
The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law.
We may not all break the Ten Commandments, but we are certainly all capable of it. Within us lurks the breaker of all laws, ready to spring out at the first real opportunity.
I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.
The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law.
The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.
Law and equity are two things which God has joined, but which man has put asunder.
The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.

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